Mosquito-Borne Illness Confirmed in Kentucky

A new mosquito borne illness has been discovered in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has received lab results confirming the first case of the chikungunya virus in an Anderson County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. Symptoms include high fever, chills, and joint pain.

Results for nine possible cases in other individuals who recently traveled to the same region are still pending but are expected to be positive.

The illness is routinely found in mosquitoes in the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, but is not yet carried by mosquitoes in Kentucky.

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